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St Mary's Church

St Mary Stelling dates from the 13th Century, although a church on this site is noted in the Doomsday Book, and the date of consecration of Stelling Church is reputed to be 1130. The church started its life as an outlying chapel, firstly to the basilica at Lyminge, and after the Norman invasion to nearby Hardres. In 1988 The Conservation Foundation, of which Professor David Bellamy is a member, aged one of the yew trees in the churchyard as 1,500 years old; the implication of this, together with the proximity of St Marys to the Roman road linking Canterbury to the port of Lympne, is that this was an early Christian site dating from the Roman occupation.

We have strong links with St Mary’s Church, Stelling and St Peter and St Paul Church, Upper Hardres.

See their website for more details:
St Mary's Church website